Babylon Rising, Chapter 43
Stephanie Kovacs, appropriately enough, feels awfully lucky. Stuck in small-town Americana, she heard the church bomb go off from her hotel room. She was on the scene immediately and, as Murph and Laura speed to the hospital (FROM THE FREAKING POLICE STATION WTF???), she is busy revealing that the church was not the target of the bombing, but the perpetrator of the bombing, and hinting at connections between the church bomb, Farley the Fanatic, and the U.N. vandalism.
Oh, and she’s interviewing the evil, button-materials-article-writing, Dean Fallworth.
Dean Fallworth cannot appear in the story without more indications that he is eeevil, but we start off slowly this time, with Fallworth appearing to almost say “My pleasure” when Stephanie thanks him for his time.
Further showing his awfulness, Fallworth does not automatically assume the Christians are the Good Guys:
“We’ve always had a strong evangelical presence here. Nothing wrong with that, of course. But I believe more extreme elements—fundamentalist evangelicals, if you will—are gradually taking control. And I believe these elements may be behind the terrible tragedy we witnessed here yesterday.”
Now, naturally, this is not meant to be the reasoned view of a man in the know in the wake of a tragedy. This is meant to show that all non-RTCs are just waiting to persecute the innocent “fundamentalist evangelicals.”
And yeah, given the lack of evidence, it’s irresponsible journalism. But a big part of the problem is that, judging by the comments, the evidence in the basement would lead to the conclusion of a bomb stockpile, not a bomb factory. So right away, everything that Stephanie is talking about seems wrong, not because she is going off half-cocked or not listening to all sides of the story, but because LaHaye and Dinallo didn’t do their research about explosives.
Oh, and because Talon had the worst plan of all time.
Fallworth goes on:
“Stephanie, I think the most important thing to say is that whatever they believe—whether it’s that the end of the world is approaching or the Second Coming or whatever—they just don’t accept that you or I might take a different view, that we might have different beliefs—even different Christian beliefs.”
Again, that sounds pretty reasonable and accurate. Read Pastor Bob’s rants in the last chapter, and the end of the world and a lack of acceptance that other people might have equally valid takes on the situation, sounds right on. Perhaps if Tim LaHaye Pastor Bob had been more concerned about the four people who died and about the possible bomb stockpile factory in the basement than in talking about how the U.N. wants a one-world gubmint and how abortion is murder, I might be feeling a bit more generous.
And then…Fallworth truly lays the smack down on Murphy!
“It hurts me deeply to have to say this, but I believe one of our own faculty is the leading voice behind this pernicious movement.”
THE EVIL FALLWORTH IS ACCUSING MURPHY OF BEING THE LEADING VOICE OF EVANGELICALS ON CAMPUS ZOMG!
Actually, that sounds like a title that Murphy would happily embrace.
“In the interest of the students, I will be recommending to the university board that we suspend Professor Murphy unil we conduct a proper internal inquiry.”
Fallworth will no doubt pay for such blasphemy.